Saturday, July 02, 2011

"Ain't No Sunshine"

Love Song
(Image from Wikipedia)

Almost nineteen years have passed since I met Sun-Ae in 1992 on that train through the German countryside, a story that I've previously related. We were headed for the same Introductory Seminar -- which we've ever called the Seductory Seminar -- and a couple of days later, when the seminar was finished, I accompanied her to Hamburg, where we strolled along that city's back streets looking down on the canals, and I sang that 1971 rhythm-and-blues song by Bill Withers, "Ain't No Sunshine," and it became 'our' song, so open up a second browser and follow the words while you listen:
Ain't No Sunshine
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.
It's not warm when she's away.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she's gone,
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
Hey, I ought to leave the young thing alone,
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone,
Only darkness every day.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone,
And this house just ain't no home anytime she goes away.

Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
It's a simple but lovely song, and it helped me woo Sun-Ae . . .

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4 Comments:

At 6:10 AM, Blogger dhr said...

This one was our own :-)

Title = "A matter of survival," i.e. to be with you or without you.

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Without my wife's sunshine, I wouldn't have made it, either . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:56 PM, Blogger whitney said...

That was a beautiful post.

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks. It's a beautiful memory.

Jeffery Hodges

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